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The Uniformed Services at USU


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Navy officers wear uniforms to class?

Yes. Navy officers wear uniforms to class like all Sailors reporting for duty. The brigade determines uniforms of the day.

What rank will I be while enrolled at USU?

All Navy medical students, even those with prior service experience, are O-1s or ensign throughout all four years of the medical program. At graduation, however, they're promoted to 0-3 or lieutenant.

All Navy graduate nursing students maintain their rank at the time of matriculation and are eligible for promotion while enrolled at USU.

I have prior Navy service experience. Will I maintain my current pay and benefits while enrolled in the School of Medicine?

Yes. Even though all medical students enter the School of Medicine as an O-1, they continue receiving the pay and benefits of the highest rank achieved prior to matriculation.

I want to come to USU's School of Medicine and serve in the Navy. If accepted, will I be guaranteed a spot in this service?

No. Students complete a preference statement on interview day ranking their interest in the branches of service. Every effort is made to accommodate this preference. However, when an individual is recommended for acceptance by the Admissions Committee and approved by the Dean for the School of Medicine, he or she will be offered an appointment in the Navy if there are seats available. If there is no space available, a candidate may be offered admission to another branch of service or placed on the Navy Wait List.

Will I receive any Navy-unique training or education at USU?

All of the learning programs at USU have a strong focus on teaching the unique tenets of military medicine. Furthermore, Navy officers also receive special service-specific training during academic intermissions.

Is there on campus housing available for USU students?

No, there are no dormitories available for student use. However, all uniformed students receive basic housing allowance. The rate is dependent upon rank and dependents.